Openings This Week: JHB | An inaugural group show, #CreativeHustles, and CreativeMornings

There’s a lot on this week in Joburg art openings and event wise: The 21st Out in Africa film festival opens, two separate solo shows by visiting artists open, Kalashnikovv’s ‘Death of the Old’ group show opens their new space, it’s the next edition of the CreativeMornings talk, and Live SA/British Council Connect ZA offer young creatives an exciting opportunity to engage with the curators of the ‘Rise and Fall’ exhibition.


Wednesday 28 May 2014


The 21st Out In Africa Gay and Lesbian Film Festival opens




The Out In Africa South African Gay & Lesbian Film Festival (OIA) was launched in 1994 to celebrate the inclusion, in the South Africa Constitution, of the clause prohibiting discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation. The purpose of the Festival is to showcase films from around the world, and to stimulate and promote a home-grown film industry. As a socially conscious movement with a political purpose, OIA must generate images and representations of its own community that promote a sense of belonging and pride – films that explore our particular identity, lifestyles and concerns.



OIA films will be showed at Cinema Nouveau in Rosebank

Download the programme here.

More info including show times on the festival website.



Thursday 29 May 2014


Africa Junctions, by Lard Buurman




For this exhibition, Lard Buurman (from the Netherlands) photographed 14 cities in 12 countries in Africa over a period of six years. The subsequent multi-layered photos not only challenge expectations of these urban hubs, but also the assumed veracity of “documentary photography”. Buurman constructs his photographic images from dozens of different photographs taken from the same viewpoint, which, according to the artist, “allows the viewer to feel the dynamics of city life in still images”.


Goethe-Institut, Gallery, 119 Jan Smuts Avenue, Parkwood


More info here.



CVLTVS, by Claude Jammet




In this exhibition of paintings, Jammet explores aspects of the rituals of Christianity, and in particular, French Catholicism from an agnostic and feminist perspective.


Circa Gallery, 2 Jellicoe Avenue, Rosebank


More info here.



Death of the Old, a group exhibition




This exhibition marks the opening of the new Kallashnikovv Gallery space, and will showcase work by some of the gallery’s newly signed artists as well as affiliates. The night will included a broad selection of theoretical and aesthetic approaches to contemporary South African art and will culminate in an inter textual selection of differing manifestations. A journey through video, painting,drawing,performance,sound and installation. 


Kallashnikovv Gallery, 153 Smit Street, Braamfontein


More info and a list of the participating artists, here.



#CreativeHustles: Curation in Photography




This exciting event is put on by Live Magazine SA and British Council Connect ZA in association with Rise and ­Fall of Apartheid: Photography and the Bureaucracy of Everyday Life. It offers young creatives the unique opportunity to learn about the exhibition’s curation – led by Museum Africa Curator Zola Mtshiza and Rory Bester, Head: History of Art at Wits School of the Arts who curated the exhibition with Okwui Enwezor. A Q&A session will follow – encouraging discussion about curation in photography and the possibilities within the digital realm.



Museum Africa, 121 Bree Street, Newton – next to Mary Fitzgerald Square

12 – 4pm

Anyone can attend, but you must register to reserve a seat. You can do that here.



Friday 30 May 2014


CreativeMornings: Xoliswa Sithole Sets Us Free




This month’s speaker is the BAFTA and Peabody award winning producer and filmmaker, Xoliswa Sithole. She was recently invited to become a member of the British Film and Television Academy, and is also the first South African to be awarded a British Academy Television Award. She will speak about the topic of Freedom.


FADA Gallery, University of Johannesburg, Bunting Road Campus

8:30 – 10:30 am

More info here.

Attendance is free, but you must register to reserve a seat. You can do that here.



Also on:


Walter Battiss: High Printing at Gallery AOP


Walter Battiss


This exhibition presents a unique collection of wood and lino blocks as well as drawings and prints, aiming to show the process from sketch to matrix, and from matrix to print.


Gallery AOP, 44 Stanley, Milpark

More info here.


Between 10 and 5